June 2022 Mealtime Memo: Farm to Early Care and Education (ECE)

Have you ever wanted to plant a garden at your child care program but didn’t know where to start? Or do you have a green thumb but want to engage children in learning more about food, nutrition, and the growing process? This Mealtime Memo provides ideas to get you started.

You may have heard of Farm to Preschool, Farm to Early Childhood, Farm to Early Childcare, or Farm to Early Care and Education (ECE). These terms all refer to the National Farm to School movement. The goal of the National Farm to School movement is to provide fresh, local foods to young children in child care settings. In this Mealtime Memo, we will use the term Farm to Early Care and Education or Farm to ECE.

2022-06-07T10:19:02-05:00June 7th, 2022|

May 2022 Mealtime Memo: Nutrition Education for Young Children

Children establish food preferences and eating habits early in life. They depend on the adults in their lives to provide nutrition education and experiences to help make healthy food choices. Nutrition education for young children in child care settings has many benefits. It helps:

  • Develop positive attitudes about foods.
  • Create awareness about the importance of making healthy food choices.
  • Offer experiences with healthy foods. Children will be more likely to try new foods and eat them again in the future.
  • Allow children to see adults as role models for healthy behaviors.
2022-06-07T10:21:18-05:00May 2nd, 2022|

April 2022 Mealtime Memo: Time-Saving Meal Preparation Ideas

APRIL 2022

Time-Saving Meal Preparation Ideas

Delicious, homemade meals can fit into your busy child care day with some planning and the right tools. There are numerous meal preparation and cooking tips and tricks, and finding what works for your program will help speed up the process. To help [Read More]

2022-05-05T09:00:43-05:00April 1st, 2022|

March 2022 Mealtime Memo: National Nutrition Month®: Celebrate a World of Flavors

MARCH 2022

National Nutrition Month®: Celebrate a World of Flavors

March is National Nutrition Month®, and the theme is “Celebrate a World of Flavors.” Together this means March is the perfect month to be adventurous and start exploring different cuisines to help children [Read More]

2022-06-07T10:25:23-05:00March 4th, 2022|

February 2022 Mealtime Memo: Cost-Effective Meals: Strategies for Making the Most of Your Food Dollars


Cost-Effective Meals
Strategies for Making the Most of Your Food Dollars

Serving healthy meals to children on a budget is possible, and choosing more nutritious foods gives you the most value for your dollar. To make sure you are spending wisely, follow these tips as you [Read More]

2022-06-07T10:25:42-05:00February 1st, 2022|

January 2022 Mealtime Memo: Turn It Up!

January 2022

“Turn It Up!”

Happy New Year! This month, we will “Turn It Up” to harness as much immunity as we can. Building up our immunity helps keep us healthy and get sick less often. Our immune system is our body’s first line of defense in fighting [Read More]

2022-06-07T10:25:04-05:00January 11th, 2022|

Mealtime Memo – December 2021

December 2021

“My Family Eats”

December is here! This month focuses on foods from various cultures and traditions, and how they fit into healthy eating. Food culture has been defined by many as the connection, beliefs, and experiences we have with food. It incorporates cultural heritage and ethnicity, [Read More]

2022-04-04T09:35:39-05:00January 10th, 2022|

Mealtime Memo – October 2021

October 2021 Mealtime Memo

CACFP Best Practice – Eat Better, Eat Together

Did you know that serving meals family style can increase a child’s confidence? This is only ONE benefit of family style meal service.

Family style meal service is when children serve themselves food and beverages from communal bowls, platters, and pitchers [Read More]

2022-04-04T09:35:44-05:00November 8th, 2021|

Mealtime Memo – September 2021

September 2021 Mealtime Memo

“Falling” into Healthy Habits

September showcases new beginnings with signs of changing seasons all around. Leaves start to change color and shorter daylight hours are noticeable. Let’s use this new fall season to build on healthy habits.

Setting the foundation for [Read More]

2022-04-04T09:35:47-05:00October 4th, 2021|
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